What is the rhyme scheme of the poem? How does it help in
bringing out the contrasting ideas in the poem?
The rhyme scheme of the poem isas
1ststanza: a b a
2ndstanza: a b a b
The contrasting ideas of
are presented using this rhyme scheme. He mentions that both fire
and ice are probable ends of this world. While he talks about how
fire represents desire and can therefore be a cause of the end of
the world, he also mentions ice in between to symbolise that the
coldness and indifference towards one another will also be enough
to end the world. In the second stanza, he says that he knows of
enough hate in the world to be sure that even destruction through
ice would be sufficient to bring about the end of the
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